Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3) by Jackson Pearce

I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Review Copy at Book Expo America this spring.  I also got to see Jackson Pearce at the Teen Author Carnival.  I loved Sisters Red so I was excited to get a chance to read Fathomless.  Fathomless is a re-imagining of the tale of the Little Mermaid, told Jackson Pearce style.  Here is the blurb:

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo. Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality. When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.
This book is much like Sisters Red in that it is beautifully written and will keep you guessing until the end.  There is nothing expected about this book.  I can honestly say that I never saw the ending coming in a million years because every time that you think you have figured out how it will end, something changes to keep you guessing.  What a great read!  I really liked Celia's character because she is just trying to make her own way and be her own person.  Isn't that something that we all want?  I really enjoyed Jude as a character because he was so fresh and interesting.  Lo is so interesting.  You don't know whether to like her or not.  You also can't tell if Celia should trust her or not.  Celia's sisters were interesting too because at first, they seem like pretty awful jerks but first impressions can be deceiving.  The story really bore little resemblance to either of the versions of The Little Mermaid that I'd read before but that didn't keep it from being a great book that I enjoyed reading.  This book will shake up your expectations of mermaids and fairytales- in a good way.

You can find Jackson Pearce on her website, her Youtube Channel, and Twitter.  Click here to add Fathomless to your Goodreads!  I give Fathomless 3 Fairies for a lovely book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.


roro said...

i have not read a book by her yet . looks fun . gr8 review

Megan said...

Thanks! Jackson Pearce is a wonderful person and her books are lovely! Hope you check one out!